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  • The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939 - 1945

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 30 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Examining the espionage and intelligence stories in World War II on a global basis, bringing together the British, American, German, Russian and Japanese histories. In The Secret War, Max Hastings examines the espionage and intelligence machines of all sides in World War II, and the impact of spies, code breakers and partisan operations on events.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacking in excitement

  • By David on 05-12-15

Utter tosh

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-12-18

Typical stuff from a would be historian. Unless the spy's name was Max, intelligence was pointless during WWII according to Hastings. Utter drivel.

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  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,642

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!!!

  • By Chris on 27-04-16

Why was Ripley shoe horned into this story?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-17

This book could have stood on its own without Ripley. Especially more so when the authors had to have a contrived reason to get her back out of the story and not recall the events when she reaches the Aliens timeline. It's one step behind 'and then she realised it was all a dream'.

Otherwise, the rest of the story was serviceable, uplifted by the superb voice acting.

  • Finders Keepers

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,971

1978: Meet Morris Bellamy ,the man who robs the safe of America's most famous reclusive writer, John Rothstein. But it isn't just the money he is interested in. Morrie is obsessed by the author's notebooks and is prepared to kill the author for them. 2009: Meet young Pete Saubers, whose father was knocked down by an out-of-control Mercedes in a job line-up. When he discovers a buried trunk of money and notebooks of a famous writer, he has the means to rescue his family from poverty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mr Mercedes

  • By Mel on 03-12-15

Mr Mercedes

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-15

Would you listen to Finders Keepers again? Why?

I'd want to listen to this and Mr Mercedes again prior to the follow up being released. It's been a refreshing change to read a King novel without the fantasy element.

What other book might you compare Finders Keepers to, and why?

Obviously it's difficult not to compare this book to Mr Mercedes. I loved the twists and turns that befall the protagonist which is different to the structured planning of the villain of Mr Mercedes. The books have developed that universe well and King lets us know we're not in his horror universe in compelling ways.

What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

It's cliched but he really brings the characters to life. Hodges sounds like the gritty 40s PI and Holly is the nervous intellect.

Any additional comments?

I like King's fantastical story writing in his other books but I've enjoyed the fact that this trilogy so far doesn't have that and it's obviously in a different universe from most of the rest of his books. I just hope he sticks to this grounded universe when he rounds out the trilogy in End of Watch, unfortunately it doesn't seem like he will.

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  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,496

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac - as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark - from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman. It's about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cunning Darkness

  • By Simon on 08-10-15

A deep personal story with added magic

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Ocean at the End of the Lane to be better than the print version?

Unfortunately I never read the print edition. I tend to like Neil Gaiman's narration though and it's his characters so I expect them to be more accurate than what I could come up with in my head if I were reading the book.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the fact that Neil Gaiman has added a fringe of magic around what was clearly a very personal and emotional period in his life.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I just really enjoy listening to Neil Gaiman's narration. He brings his characters to life in a way that others couldn't without going over the top.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was really able to relate the personal elements of the story which is surprisingly close to things that happened around me when I was a child. However, whereas Gaiman is able to come to terms with his story by writing about them and adding the extra magic that only he can it was still a story that touched a few raw nerves with my own history.

Any additional comments?

I'd recommend this book as part of the Neil Gaiman collection but it would have to be placed further down the list. It's still a wonderful book, it's just no American Gods.

  • The Passage

  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,433

Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old, and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world. She is.... Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.... He's wrong. FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.... It is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • long and absorbing

  • By Tom on 20-07-10

Magnificent sprawling masterpiece

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-14

Where does The Passage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is easily in the top three audiobooks I've ever owned or listened to.

What other book might you compare The Passage to, and why?

It's difficult to compare The Passage to anything else simply because of the way it was written, the narration and the direction the book takes which is usually not where you expect or want the book to go.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I listened to Blade Runner (Do androids dream of electric sheep) and I wasn't expecting much. Scott Brick tends to have a depressed, low key style which didn't lend itself well to Blade Runner, mainly because that story is already too down beat. However, it worked perfectly for this story and its sprawling nature.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There is a moment in the book that particularly moved me. It's near the end and it's a character's sacrific. However, anymore information than that would spoil the plot for others.

Any additional comments?

I love the fact that this book is long, complicated and contains a huge number of characters, slang and takes place over large areas of the the US across a long period of time. Even the sequel couldn't live up to the sprawling nature of the this book. Utterly wonderful and always one of my first recommendations to people thinking of joining Audible.

  • Band of Brothers

  • E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
  • By: Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by: Tim Jerome
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 436

Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world. From their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 to D-Day and victory, Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company, which kept getting the tough assignments. Easy Company was responsible for everything from parachuting into France early D-Day morning to the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. Band of Brothers is the account of the men of this remarkable unit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As good as it gets

  • By frank on 09-08-13

A poignant story of heroism

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-12

I came to the original story of Easy Company after watching the HBO TV miniseries of the same name. This audiobook has been an absolute favourite of mine and I have listened to it at least once a year ever since first downloading it. I find it particularly poignant to listen to this audiobook around Christmas mainly because I like to relate to their time in Bastogne during Christmas 1944 in some small way.



The story is very US-centric as it should be given the company it it follows, but underneath it all is the idea of voluntary sacrifice for a larger cause. There's also the dichotomy of belonging to the forces where the most hated person to command them was also their biggest asset in terms of bringing them together as a unit. Then there is the dichotomy of war where US E Company soldiers found that it was the Germans that they most related to in terms of their civil values.



It's a gripping story of morals, courage, heroism and sacrificie that sounds cliched until you listen to their story.

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